LADY AT THE BAT: Looking Back: The Tigers Series (5/2/11 - 5/5/11)

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Looking Back: The Tigers Series (5/2/11 - 5/5/11)

Thanks to the Detroit Tigers, the Yankees have lost three straight games for the first time this season. Losing three of four to a team that had previously lost seven straight really stings, especially when you lose the way the Yankees did this week.

I can think of only one highlight: the starting pitching. Each of the four Yankee starters (Colon, Sabathia, Garcia and Burnett) pitched seven innings, keeping their team in the game and giving them a chance to win. But it all goes dim after that...

1. We saw several baserunning gaffes in this series: In game one Curtis Granderson stole second base but overslid the bag and was tagged out. In game two Andruw Jones, apparently going on his own, was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a flyball to medium centerfield. Also in game two (and these were even more egregious) both Robinson Cano and Jorge Posada were picked off first base in the 6th inning. What were they all thinking?

2. The offense sputtered in this series. Aside from a go-ahead RBI single by Nick Swisher in game one, the timely hits just didn't come. You can't win games like that.

3. Eduardo Nunez started at shortstop in game four and made two errors, the second one a costly one. It was a throwing error that allowed two runs to score, creating a deficit the Yankees could not overcome.

4. Eric Chavez broke a bone in his left foot while legging out a triple in game four. He was simply running the bases. He didn't trip, stumble or slide, yet he broke his foot. Talk about injury prone!

Looking Ahead
Up next, a weekend series with the Texas Rangers tomorrow night in Arlington, Texas. The Yankees took two of three from the Rangers last month at Yankee Stadium. Taking two of three this weekend will be a tall order but it is exactly what the Yankees need to to if they want to have a successful road trip.

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